Western United face a tough test in Launceston, Tasmania this Saturday against the league-leaders Central Coast Mariners.
Western United vs Central Coast Mariners
Saturday, 17 April
UTAS Stadium, Launceston
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, ABC, Kayo and the MyFootball Live app.
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Western United: WLWWL
Central Coast Mariners: DLDWD
Western United went close to making it three consecutive wins last week but were denied by an impressive Wellington Phoenix outfit.
Besart Berisha and Iker Guarrotxena’s goals weren’t enough as the Phoenix found a last-minute winner in Wollongong.
Central Coast still sit on top of the A-League table, despite winning just once in their past five matches.
The two sides played out a five-goal thriller in Matchweek 7 this season.
United twice took the lead in Gosford but were eventually overrun by a young and energetic Mariners side.
United dominated the fixture last season, winning two out of the three meetings by 3-0 and 6-2 scorelines.
What Mark Rudan is saying
“They [Central Coast] play with a back four – two sixes, two tens and two nines going forward.
“But it is about us and making sure that we continue to do the right things with and without the ball.
“Everyone is fit and healthy, so everyone is putting their hand up to play – that’s a good sign for us.
Stats of the week
- Each encounter between Western United and Central Coast Mariners has been won by the home team on the day.
- This will be the third A-League fixture played at UTAS Stadium in Launceston and the first since 2013.
- Besart Berisha has scored 21 goals against Central Coast Mariners in the A-League; no player has scored more goals against a single opponent in the history of the competition.
- Andrew Durante is two games away from reaching 350 A-League appearances.